NHL NHL warns Bruins' Brad Marchand to stop licking opponents

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David Krejci scored Boston's only goal in a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay in Game 5 on Sunday afternoon.

That's especially true during power plays, which has become the Bruins' only consistent source of offense in this series since they won Game 1, 6-2. The game moves at an incredible pace and it can be as risky for them as it is for the players.

- David Backes left Game 5 in the second period after his head was hit in a heavy collision with Lightning winger J.T. Miller.

The Tampa Bay Lightning secured a 3-1 series lead with an overtime victory over the host Boston Bruins at home.

With Marchand and General Manager Don Sweeney hearing from the league, head coach Bruce Cassidy hoped his talented, but edgy forward could still get under the Lightning's skin - but in a good way - heading into Game 5. "Sometimes things go your way and sometimes they don't". The loss by the Bruins finishes their 2017-18 season. "We've been on both sides of it, so you know, we're just going to regroup and get ready for the next one".

The Tampa Bay Lightning understand what it takes to be successful in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Golden Knights, meanwhile, lead their second-round series against the San Jose Sharks 3-2 and can secure a spot in the Western Conference final by winning Game 6 on the road Sunday night (7:30 p.m., NBCSN). It seems like every game, a bad turnover at the defensive blue line or neutral zone leads to a risky chance and usually a goal. Patrice Bergeron made it known that he was unhappy with a missed hooking call on a scoring chance toward the end of the game.

But they have to do a better job than they have done in this series. Callahan said he sees no difference between licking and spitting in someone's face.

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He defended licking Callahan beneath his nose by saying that he had been punched by him multiple times. "I get playing hard in a series and there might be some dislike between guys, but there's a certain line that shouldn't be crossed and that's one of them".

Pasta's strong game continued into the second, as he drew a tripping penalty on Tyler Johnson just 43 seconds into the period. A scary incident happened, as Torey Krug went awkwardly into the boards and his ankle bent in a way it's not supposed to and he went down the Bruins tunnel.

Backes, who has suffered two concussions previously in his National Hockey League career, remained down for several moments and required assistance from the Bruins' medical staff and teammates to get back to the Boston locker room.

Captured in great still photos, the act was fairly repulsive - arguably more so for the licker than the lick-ee.

"You don't want to take a penalty by punching him, so you'd accept it, I guess", Ellis said.

Past that, Cassidy said, "We don't have a choice".

Despite the Lightning having several early power plays in the period, it was the Bruins special teams who would strike first.

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